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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Advisory: Sugarloaf beach re-opened 7/21

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July 21 UPDATE: Test results are now below actionable levels. Sugarloaf Lake Beach is open for swimming. Weekly monitoring will continue. 

The Washtenaw County Health Department is closing Sugarloaf Lake Beach in Waterloo Recreation Area due to high levels of E. coli bacteria. Sugarloaf Lake Beach is in Lyndon Township at 500 Loveland Rd, Chelsea. The high levels were detected through routine testing done at public bathing beaches during the summer months. The closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until follow-up tests show the levels are considered safe for swimming.

Although the public beach at Sugarloaf Lake Beach is closed to swimming, other forms of recreation that do not involve body contact with the water, like fishing, are permitted.

The Michigan Public Health Code allows for public beach closures if E. coli bacteria levels exceed set thresholds. E. coli bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems. 

Individuals with questions or concerns regarding public beach water sampling, or those who believe they may have become ill after swimming in the impacted waters, are encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division at 734-222-3800 during normal business hours, or visit

For the most updated information on public beaches, as well as a listing of water sample results, please visit the Michigan BeachGuard website at

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